Losing a job can be very stressful financially, emotionally and psychologically. It can happen to anyone at any time. Many people are uncertain what to do when they first lose their job and don’t know where to turn. In this post, we will cover the basic items that you need to take care of in the first few weeks following a job loss.
- Start your EI claim right away. You can do this at your nearest Service Canada Centre or online at servicecanada.gc.ca. To find a centre in your area check the Service Canada website or call 1 800 206-7218.
- Obtain a copy of your Record of Employment (ROE) from your employer. You will need to have your ROE to have your Employment Insurance (EI) claim assessed. Note: some employers will file your ROE electronically with Service Canada.
- If you received severance, ask for all the details of your severance or settlement package in writing. You may want to have a professional review the document before you sign it.
- If you are uncertain whether the terms of your termination meets the minimum requirements of Ontario’s Employment Standards act, you can visit the Ontario Ministry of Labour’s Employment Standards website: www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/es/
- If you are able, gather any resources that are appropriate to take with you, such as copies of your performance evaluations and contact information for colleagues.
- Ask for references and reference letters from your employer. Having reference letters will help you when looking for new job.
- Look at your finances. You will need to make ends meet until you find another job. Talk with a financial planner, your banker or accountant to develop a budget and get a better sense of how much time you can afford to be off work. There are many on-line budgeting tools and apps that can help you get started with this as well as great resources available at your local library.
Have you recently lost your job and live in Halton or Peel? Check out our resources for job seekers for help with your job search.